Learn how to create outstanding flower bed edging like a pro using one simple garden tool! Easy technique, with long performing results!
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Every so often I get asked how in the world I achieved my impressive flower bed edges and maintain them. So it was time to share my pro gardener brother’s secrets.
Does this overgrown flower bed edging look familiar? Let’s focus on the edge between the dirt and flower bed:
- Soil is the same height as lawn.
- Grass has grown over the edge into the flower bed.
- Not enough breathing space between the lawn edge and plants.
At least the flowers are pretty…
However this overall flower bed has overgrown plants, and the flower bed edging needs to be redone. Let’s create a clean edge once again!
So here’s how edging flower beds like a pro can really ramp up the curb appeal to your yard!
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How to create flower bed edging like a pro
Supplies I used:
Cut and shape the flowerbed
1. Create the shape for your flowerbeds with a garden hose or heavy twine for guidance. Using a half moon flower bed edger, cut along your line.
2. Cut the shape of the flowerbed by stepping on the half moon edger while moving with your shape guide.
Tip: For the sharpest, easiest trims, angle the half moon edger and cut on its side vs. straight up and down.
Remove the turf
3. Scoop or dig out the chunks of turf.
I like to tap the soil off with a garden trowel, then flip the turf chunks upside down in the compost pile.
If upside down, the grass composts and the works will turn into mulch/soil. If right side up, you’ll grow a new chunk of lawn in the compost. Then you’ll have to edge that… (kidding) (sort of)
Dig a shallow trench
4. Using a garden trowel or small shovel, create a shallow trench along your fresh lawn edge cut, mounding the soil up towards your flower bed.
A trench creates a place for water to drain and soil to fall. And offers a shadow for a nice clean look. You wait and see!
Mound up the soil
To mound the soil, dig into the bottom of the trench, then bring up the soil towards the flowerbed in a smooth gentle mound. If the mound is too steep, the soil will fall back into the trench again. Shallow is best.
Trim the lawn edges
5. With garden shears, trim the grass edges horizontally and vertically for a nice clean edge in both directions.
Do not trim the grass on an angle. This will soften your edge.
Your grass clippings can then be easily scooped up by hand to clean things up or left to compost.
You can also accomplish clean lawn edging with a yard trimmer head twisted upside down, (HERE is one similar to mine) however you will not achieve quite the same quality as when cut with garden shears. However it will be a lot quicker!
The outstanding flower bed edging results!
Then stand back and GASP at your awesomeness. This crisp and clean lawn edging really makes an outstanding landscaping edge!
Straight edges vs. curves?
Both straight and curved edges have their place.
However I would avoid creating flower beds with lots of small curves. Create shapes that fit a lawnmower well which will make lawn mowing around the flower beds much easier.
My own preference is to also choose curves over straight lines where you can. Curves will visually softens outdoor spaces, appear more natural and will hide crooked lines more so than straight.
Allow some soil to show
A little breathing space in between the flower bed edge and plants will show contrast between the two for a cleaner look, and is easier to weed and mow.
Isn’t that lawn edging seriously gorgeous?
How to edge flower beds like a pro illustration
Above is an illustration of the flowerbed edging.
How to maintain the flower bed edging
Now know, there is a little maintenance to keeping this up. However if you stay on top of it, you won’t find much of an issue. The finished pro look this offers is so worth it!
1. Trim the grass edges (horizontally and vertically) after each mow. Just like a fresh haircut, you won’t believe the difference this makes. If the edges get overgrown a little, you can always create new edges to start over again.
2. How to mow – I push the lawn mower along the edge, stop, rotate towards the soil, tap down, lift up, then straighten up the lawnmower again. I do this all along the edges to reduce the need to edge by hand horizontally.
Or just mow as close as you can, then follow up with a yard trimmer after mowing.
3. Grass blades will fall onto the soil when you trim. Simply remove the grass clippings by hand, then fluff up the soil again. The rest of the grass clippings will compost in the soil.
This before shot above is a typical mid-summer look if left unattended. This is so easily fixed with just a little sweat equity!
The difference a quick cut and fluff makes along a flower bed edge is absolutely astonishing! It does not even look like the same yard.
And if Jenna’s happy, I’m happy!
How to edge flower beds like a pro video
Click above to watch the easy process in a short video!
Music: Summer by wwwbensound.com
I’m just showing you one flower bed edged. Now imagine ALL your flower beds with lawn edging this gorgeous!
And now it’s time to rest up with the flower bed edging until next time. Well done, Jenna!
Think you’ll try this method of flower bed edging? If you try, I hope you come back to report your success!
Do you edge? What are your secrets?
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